Egypt: 55 policemen killed in gunbattle with militants

Egypt: 55 policemen killed in gunbattle with militants

The Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice and urged all states to cooperate actively with the Egyptian government and all relevant authorities in this regard.

Security sources said a convoy of police vehicles were following a lead to a suspected hideout of the Hasm extremist group when they were ambushed from higher ground by militants firing rocket-propelled grenades and detonating explosive devices.

However, it did not clarify on the number of casualties on both sides.

There has not yet been a claim of responsibility.

The militants reportedly belong to the Hasm group, which has launched several attacks against police forces in the past.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was scheduled Saturday to attend events in the northern town of El Alamein on Egypt's Mediterranean coast to mark the 75th anniversary of the pivotal Allied World War II victory in the Battle of El Alamein.

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Writing on Twitter , Munich Police said: 'We are searching for the perpetrator of the attack with all available police'. Police said he appeared to be about 40 years old and had a black bicycle, gray pants , a green jacket and a backpack.

Terrorist attacks, mainly targeting police and military, increased after the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 by military following massive protests against his rule. The Muslim Brotherhood denies this. Sisi was elected on a landslide a year later. It was unclear whether the Interior Ministry was referring to its own personnel killed and not a total that included forces from other security-related branches.

Analysts say a section of the Brotherhood has encouraged armed assaults against the police.

Hasam has claimed multiple attacks since 2016 on police, officials and judges in Cairo.

No militant group has yet claimed involvement in the Giza firefight.

But unlike their parent organization in Iraq and Syria, they have been unable to seize population centers in the peninsula, which borders Israel and Gaza.

The country has been under a state of emergency since scores of people were killed earlier this year in bombings and suicide attacks that targeted minority Coptic Christians.

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